The steaminess of August in Paris provides the background for melodrama and murder in "The Bar on the Seine," by Georges Simenon, the book reviewed this week on the Classic Mysteries podcast. It's another story about Police Commissaire Jules Maigret, a fine cross between a police procedural and a psychological drama, with plenty of puzzle elements thrown in. You can listen to the full review here.
This time, Maigret is told about someone who apparently got away with murder some years earlier - a murder the police didn't even know about. All that Maigret knows is that the person supposedly responsible for this killing can be found at a small bar on the Seine - but it is a place that nobody seems to know. How Maigret finds the bar, the crime and the killer - and the other events that develop during the course of the action - make this a riveting book.